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Randi Kaye | BIO
We are still here in Fayetteville, North Carolina, digging deeper on the death of that 23-year-old pregnant soldier from Fort Bragg. It’s quite a mystery, and today, so many questions about how her absence on the base was handled. The Army says it is investigating Specialist Megan Touma’s unit to see if proper procedures were followed.
Here’s what we know: Megan Touma, who was 7 months pregnant, had requested to be based at Fort Bragg back in February. She arrived here in Fayetteville on June 12 and the Army says she checked in at base at about 2am.
That same day she showed up for roll call at about 3:15pm. That was the last time anyone on the base heard from her or saw her.
Friday, June 13, through Sunday, June 15, was a holiday on base so no requirements, but on Monday, June 16, the Army says Touma didn’t show up for roll call.
On Tuesday, June 17, she should’ve been declared AWOL per Army policy but she wasn’t... Nor was she on June 18, 19, 20, or 21.
Her body was found on June 21 at a hotel in Fayetteville not far from the base. We learned she was supposed to check out that morning but never had the chance. No wonder her body was badly decomposed. It’s possible, given the timeline, she could’ve been dead since late in the day June 12... nine days before she was found.
Why wasn’t Touma declared AWOL? We hope to have some answers for you tonight on AC360.
Also, we went by the local court and picked up some documents which offer some surprising new details about how Touma was found and the condition of her hotel room.
You’ll get all the details on 360 tonight at 10p ET but we did learn her body was found in the bathtub by a hotel maintenance man. The “Do Not Disturb” sign had been on the door for four days.
A few pieces of furniture in the room were askew but it’s not clear if there was a struggle. Apparently the maintenance worker called 911 but the police won’t release the tape of the 911 call to us, saying it will hamper the investigation.
Makes me wonder what is on that 911 call that they don’t want us to know. What did the maintenance worker tell police on the phone? Must be a pretty good clue to this mystery.
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